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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 12:18 am

For Veterans Day, remembering one soldier’s strange journey from Illinois to Wales to the battlefields of Korea

 The most dangerous place in the world on Aug. 15, 1950, was the Pusan Perimeter. On that day, Second Lieutenant Bob Evans arrived in-country, part of the under-strength, poorly equipped and ill-...
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 12:16 am

Most famous shipwreck in Great Lakes history

 It was far from the deadliest shipwreck in the history of the Great Lakes. But none is more enduring.Nov. 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot ore ca...
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 12:15 am
 “Three for me says Allen T.”That mantra guided Democratic voters in Sangamon and Menard Counties as they cast their votes for state representative in the ’50s and ’60s.And the man joking...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:16 am
 It was good of Jim Edgar, the former governor, to say clearly that Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to stop holding the budget hostage to his demands, because damage is being done to the state. “We nee...
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 12:15 am

Despite the hype, Trump’s tax plan is windfall for 1 percent

 Listening to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s stump speech about taxes, I was intrigued that his official tax plan might break new ground.  I had hoped that ca...
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:17 am
 I have never written a paper of any kind. I never read that much. But now that I have all this extra time, I read every day. Sometimes I read an article twice in case I missed something. I alway...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 12:15 am
 People who care about the United States’ place in the world often fret about challenges to representative democracy from other countries. I’d contend that the more formidable challenge comes...
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:16 am
How did the racial stereotypes that permeate our society come into being?  What are the most effective ways to get beyond these stereotypes and build a society worthy of our national motto – E...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:17 am
 In 1952, when I was entering second grade, my mother and I moved from my grandparents’ house to an old Victorian house on the corner of Douglas and Governor. Like many families in those days,...
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 12:24 am
Hostility towards immigrants had been building for years. By the middle of the decade, xenophobia reached its peak, leading to a widespread belief that immigrants were threatening to destroy American...

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